Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Demo Day- August 2016
Adaptive Methods demonstrated Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) autonomous control during their UUV Demo Day at the Trinity Center pond in Centreville, VA. The Detachment UUV Team (DetUUV), led by Mr. Lewis Hart, conducted a series of fully autonomous mission sorties to showcase autonomy framework and autonomous behavior development under SBIR and corporate funding sources. This demonstration is a significant step forward in setting the foundation for a truly generic UUV autonomy framework, adaptable for any control system or vehicle, and fully autonomous decision making behaviors. Additional research for behavior enhancement and framework extensions is still needed but this was a very successful series of runs demonstrating autonomous re-planning of routes and avoidance behavior.
The demonstrations used the Adaptive Methods Foresight suite of autonomy software to drive Wahoo (IVER 2 mini UUV) around the pond, much like Google’s autonomous car with sophisticated route planning. These were not the typical, “follow a way-point plan” routes with pre-planned legs that avoid bad stuff, but rather fully autonomous control re-planning of optimal routes around hazards in real-time. In the figure to the right, Mr. Devin Reid kicks off a run of the UUV using laptop controls over a WiFi link. Once initiated, the UUV ran the entire mission under Foresight control. Wahoo has a limited set of sensors, so simulated injection of sensor detections was used to exercise behavior development. Adaptive Methods expects to be able to very quickly load the environment on other vehicles and be up and running under various control environments when they take delivery of the first commercial Riptide micro UUV next month.
Adaptive Methods plans to continue research into the autonomy framework teamed with Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University (ARL/PSU) and to develop specific behaviors for integration on other vehicles, under the direction of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport.
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